National Outreach Project Coordinator, Los Angeles, CA - September 29, 2012
My typical day when working on NOP's or other local events is jam-packed with details for each location; sometimes working on three cities at the same time. Researching the city for locations, hotels and caterers is always interesting, and I throughly enjoy being a "detective" searching for dancers, companies, schools and teachers of dance, and making personal connections with them. I have learned a lot about coordinating from a long distance and prioritizing to get it all done in a timely, organized and thorough manner. I usually work alone, but can and do take advantage of the administrators' ear and assistance in designing the flyers and advice for PR. The hardest part of the job is the last two weeks before the events take place: getting the vast amount of printing done and collated into folders, the very large trunk packed with all the materials required and shipped, keeping on top of all the RSVP's and many contacts in each city. Not being in the city myself, I must trust that the on-sight rep does the job I've asked them to do, and will be at the locations when and where necessary, keeping in touch with me in Los Angeles throughout the weekend. I love being in contact with so many wonderful and talented people across the United States; bringing them together to learn of new, positive career alternatives, free counseling with the possibility of grants to help them, and a place to network with fellow dancers. I also enjoy the challenge of making the events run smoothly, paying attention to every detail.